U.S. Average Net Worth by Age 30

The U.S. median household net worth is $121,700. However, the net worth by age 30 is $8,216 for 18-24 year olds and $7,512 for 25-29 year olds.

This article shows American median net worth by age percentiles for people in their 20s.


What is net worth?

Net worth is the value of all assets minus debts. Net worth is what you own minus what you owe.

The formula for net worth is Net Worth = Total Assets – Total Liabilities.

net worth formula
Net Worth Formula

What is the average U.S. net worth?

The most recent data shows the U.S. average net worth is $748,800. However, a better comparison is the median net worth of $121,700.

For people in their 20s, median net worth is $8,216 for 18-24 year olds and $7,512 for 25-29 year olds.

AgeAverage Net WorthMedian Net Worth
Ages 18-24$28,707$8,216
Ages 25-29$49,388$7,512
Average and Median Net Worth by Age 30

The median is a better number to compare than the average. The median is the 50th percentile. Half of the families are above and half are below. The average is increased by large amounts in the top 1%.

For example, the average net worth of $49,388 for ages 25-29 is in the 70th percentile. 70% of households are below and only 30% are higher.

Since net worth increases with age, it is a great number to benchmark for individuals. Young people have less wealth than older people. So, compare yourself to peers in your age group.

U.S. net worth by age data comes from two sources:

Net worth by age

The following graph shows the 2019 U.S. household median net worth by age. The Federal Reserve publishes this report every three years. The next report will be released in 2023.

Median Net Worth by Age


Net worth by age 30

Americans in their 20s have the lowest net worth for any age group.

The 20s are a time of lots of life changes. People in their 20s may be:

  • becoming independent
  • starting a career
  • attending college
  • attending graduate school
  • starting a family
  • borrowing student loans
  • using credit cards
  • beginning savings and 401k plans

People in their 20s usually have lower earnings and assets and more student debt. This means that a large number of people in their 20s have negative net worth.

According to the DQYDJ Net Worth by Age Calculator up to 29% of people in their 20s have negative net worth.

  • Ages 18-24 – 28% have negative net worth
  • Ages 25-29 – 29% have negative net worth

Average net worth by age 25

The following table shows net worth by age 25 sorted by percentiles.

Here is how to understand the percentiles for 18-24 year olds:

  • 30th percentile of $520 means that 30% are below and 70% above this net worth.
  • 50th percentile of $8,216 is the median. Half are above and half below this net worth.
  • 90th percentile of $93,732 is in the top 10% of net worth. 90% of households are below this net worth.
Net Worth PercentileAges 18-24
10($17,982)
20($4,061)
25($1,415)
30$520
40$2,949
50$8,216
60$13,747
70$20,622
75$24,791
80$37,182
90$93,732
Median Net Worth Ages 18-24

The 99th percentile for 18-24 years olds is $435,077. This is the Top 1% for the age group.

Here is the graph for net worth for ages 18-24 in percentiles.

Median Net Worth Ages 18-24
Median Net Worth by Ages 18-24

What is a good net worth by age 25?

Here are net worth goals for 18-24 year olds. This table is helpful to compare your net worth with your age group.

Net Worth GoalsAges 18-24
Below averageBelow $8,216
AverageAbove $8,216
GoodAbove $24,791
GreatAbove $93,732
Net Worth Goals Ages 18-24

To have a good net worth by age 25 aim for the 75th percentile of $24,791 and above.


Average net worth by age 30

The following table shows net worth by age 30 sorted by percentiles.

Here is how to understand the percentiles for 25-29 year olds:

  • 30th percentile of $2 means that 30% are have zero or negative net worth. 70% have positive net worth.
  • 50th percentile of $7,512 is the median. Half of 25-29 year olds are are above this net worth. The other half is below.
  • 90th percentile of $152,063 is in the top 10% of net worth by their age group. 90% of households are below this net worth.
Net Worth PercentileAges 25-29
10($30,390)
20($11,375)
25($3,664)
30$2
40$3,475
50$7,512
60$15,833
70$47,663
75 $61,568
80$75,535
90$152,063
Median Net Worth Ages 25-29

The 99th percentile for 25-29 years olds is $606,188. This is the Top 1% for the age group.

Here is the graph for net worth for ages 25-29 in percentiles.

Median Net Worth by Ages 25-29

What is a good net worth by age 30?

Here are net worth goals for 25-29 year olds. This table is helpful to compare your net worth with your age group.

Net Worth GoalsAges 25-29
Below averageBelow $7,512
AverageAbove $7,512
GoodAbove $61,568
GreatAbove $152,063
Net Worth Goals Ages 25-29

To have a good net worth by age 30 aim for the 75th percentile of $61,568 and above.


15 tips to increase your net worth

Here are some tips to increase your net worth. Remember, net worth is assets minus debts. So, you need to increase assets and decrease debts.

  1. Save every month. Make savings a habit.
  2. Pay off credit cards fast. Avoid credit card debt if you can.
  3. Pay off all your debts especially any non mortgage loans.
  4. Invest in stocks using low-cost index funds
  5. Investments are better than savings. (Use total stock market index funds like VTSAX or SWTSX.)
  6. Let your investments grow using compound interest. (Remember the Rule of 72)
  7. You need a plan, so make and follow a budget.
  8. Invest in a retirement plan at work like a 401k and a Roth IRA.
  9. Increase your income to increase your investments.
  10. Control spending so you can save and invest more.
  11. Track your net worth and update it annually.
  12. Compare your net worth to your age.
  13. Increase your skills to improve your income. Learn to earn.
  14. Owning a home is an investment. Homeowners typically have higher net worth
  15. Be patient because net worth grows with age and income.


Net worth calculator

Here is a net worth calculator to compute your net worth.


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Jeff Mankin

Jeff Mankin teaches financial literacy. His website is FinallyLearn.com.

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